Ruth Wall, Untitled, Date Unknown, Collage on Paper, 14 x 13 Inches, Private Collection
Ruth Wall, an abstract expressionist painter and lithographer, was born in Wyoming in 1917. After moving to a homestead on an Indian reservation in Utah, Ruth quickly completed school by 16 and left home for California to start her university studies. After working with the Women’s Air Force, Wall enrolled at the California School of Fine Arts where she studied painting. She studied with other prominent Bay Area abstract expressionists such as David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Hassel Smith until her graduation in 1952. She continued her painting career until her passing in Paris, France.